It’s hard to imagine a modern architecture firm working without today’s digital technologies. Everything from 3D modeling and printing, to shadow analysis, right down to project renderings depends on digital innovations. However, some areas in the architecture field, particularly in sourcing and procurement, are underserved. That’s where Designer Pages comes in.
We built Designer Pages to reshape how architects, designers, and manufacturers interact and connect. Before Designer Pages, investigating and sourcing materials was a time-consuming process. If you were lucky, you’d be able to find someone in-house who’d worked with a manufacturer before. If you were unlucky, you’d have to scour your network, old PDFs, or dig through excel spreadsheets to find basic product information. That takes time, and for many firms — and their customers — time is a lot of money.
Our platform saves both time and money by aggregating more than 400, 000 products from more than 6,000 manufacturers. It also pulls together a firm’s own collective knowledge of products based on past product information searches and uses. Essentially, we created a product that could take a firm from the 500 products they would consider for project to the five or ten products they’d actually use. By cutting down on sourcing time, we’ve saved our customers — and their clients — a lot of money.
Because of that, we cannot afford for our services to go down. Ever. It’s simply not an option. Firms need to provide product details to their clients and give accurate timeline estimates. They can’t do that if Designer Pages is offline.
So, to prevent any downtime, we had to make a choice with regards to our infrastructure. Building out our own would be too expensive and risky. Since Designer Pages was born in the cloud, we decided we’d go with a cloud-based solution. We needed a solution with excellent customer support, excellent disaster recovery options, and a strong, scalable and secure infrastructure.
Obviously, we went with VMware vCloud Air. It was the only option that ticked all the boxes. It had the security and the redundancy we needed as well as the customer support and scalable infrastructure we required. It’s like having an infinite data center we can use anytime.
Best of all, we’ve realized immense savings by working on VMware vCloud Air. Whenever we’ve had an issue, the VMware support team takes care of it. Their support is so great we don’t need a full time team dedicated to infrastructure — we have VMware. This alone has helped us to focus our efforts on what makes us money: creating, customizing, and delivering services and tools to our clients around the globe.
And that’s what’s great about VMware: it focuses on the infrastructure so we can deliver better services. In the end, it’s great for both us and our customers.